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Welcome to a new academic year!

The Department of Theatre 2016-17 Diamond Theater season was selected with the goal of creating a diverse slate of offerings, but with no overarching theme. Upon reflection it is clear that each of these four titles concern community and personal beliefs, which can sometimes be in tension. The strength of both our group identities and our perceptions of self may lie in their flexibility and expansiveness. How willing are we to drop our hardened concepts of self in order to know one another and, together, to thrive?

Let's meet in the lobby!
Erica Hoelscher
Chair and Professor of Theatre

We must look to the future, and the future is the human problem studied within the bounds of reality; it is the living drama of characters and environments, a purely human study going straight to the target. 
– Emile Zola
Mustard and Cheese kicked off a new academic year with their annual barbecue and an Arts Open House at Zoellner. Seventeen arts clubs and groups from across the university came together to do workshops and tell others about their clubs. Well over 100 Lehigh students attended the Arts Open House.

Mustard and Cheese annual barbeque

Arts Open House

My first-year seminar at Lehigh University was an acting class, and my major quickly changed from Biology to Theatre. Later, I earned an MFA from the Yale School of Drama in sound design and engineering. I threw myself into the New York City theatre scene, believing I would become a Broadway sound designer. I was wrong, and that is totally okay. My work in the theatre led me to a career in medical education.

As a VP, Account Supervisor at Havas Life New York, I lead the medical education group developing instructional materials on disease states and products used in the treatment of diabetes. My job is similar to directing and stage management, with an essence of designing.

Students taking courses in the Department of Theatre explore unknown and hidden parts of themselves. Regardless of where life takes you, even if it is not a career in theatre, the lessons learned will be applicable to your life for years to come. One accomplishment I am proud of was to be selected in 2016 as recipient of the Lehigh Alumni Award for the class of 2001.

Department of Theatre | Zoellner Arts Center, Room 301 | 420 East Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015 | Phone: 610-758-3640 | Fax: 610-758-6543

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